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Stanford's solar generating plant, marking the university's transition to 100% renewables in 2022

Welcome to Sustainable Stanford!

This is the main hub for sustainability information at Stanford, as well as resources to be involved with sustainability efforts on campus.

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Stanford University works to model sustainability across all aspects of campus life, and activates the campus as a living laboratory for scaling sustainable solutions. Together, collective efforts across academia, operations, and individuals accelerate university goals and a better future for all.


Year in Review

Year in Review has been released for the 2022-23 year! Read more about Stanford’s sustainability progress in the last year.

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Winter Closure To Do's

Due to the absence of building occupants during the closure, partially or fully shutting down heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in buildings that do not require the full extent of these services can have significant energy savings! Unplug devices, turn off lights, turn down thermostats, and close windows. If you're a building manager, please complete a brief survey so that HVAC and custodial services in your building(s) can be provided accordingly. 

Image of Stanford's Climate Registry Platinum Award certificate.

Stanford achieves Climate Registry Platinum

The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization that empowers North American organizations to be climate leaders in measuring and reducing carbon emissions. Stanford earns 2021 Climate Registered Platinum for the fourth year in a row.

Lina Bertling Tjernberg, researcher in civil and environmental engineering, walks through the art installation ''Thirsty," which is composed of large "meta-bottles" containing thousands of plastic water bottles recovered by one person over one year from the beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore. From artist Richard James
Living Lab for Sustainability Fellowships

Project Proposals for 2024-25

Have ideas for Living Lab Fellow projects? View our criteria and meet with our advisory board prior to applying. Applications are due December 8th at 11:59pm!

Program Launch

Stanford launches the Living Lab Fellowship Program for Sustainability

The inaugural program is supporting 16 students working on interdisciplinary projects that directly contribute to the university’s sustainability objectives.

A view inside the Central Energy Facility
New Website

Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI)

SESI powers the university with innovative solutions that result in the most sustainable and efficient use of resources. Check out the new site for more info!


Outstanding Waste Prevention

Stanford has won an award for Outstanding Waste Prevention from the California Resource Recovery Association for the innovative Cardinal Clean Program. Learn more about Cardinal Clean, and how you can use it, at the link below!  

Julie Muir is the manager of zero waste in the Office of Sustainability.
Program Launch

Expanding Waste Sorting Stations Across Campus

As part of improvements to its waste management infrastructure, Stanford is transitioning to shared waste, recycling, and composting stations. Half of the university has made the switch; the second half will make transition in the coming year.

Newsletter Sign-Up

Stay updated on upcoming sustainability events, staff and student involvement, and opportunities to get involved with sustainability efforts around campus by signing up for the e-newsletter.

Submit Sustainable Stories

Does your group, department, organization or dorm want to share a sustainability story? Submit it here to be highlighted on the Sustainable Stanford newsletter, the 2022-2023 Sustainability Year in Review, or Sustainable Stanford social media!

Sustainability Events Around Campus

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